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The Home Guard
In 1940 the
Government formed an organisation known as the Local Defence
Volunteers (LDV), a force which became known as the Home
Guard. Although the force was composed of men of all ages,
it became more popularly known as the Dad's Army. The
men in the photograph are all older men and four of them
are wearing medal ribbons indicating that they were veterans
of the Great War of 1914-1918. The man in the centre of
the picture, Lance Corporal Percy
wears the cap badge of the Leicestershire Regiment. Most
Home Guard units were formed into battalions and identified
with county regiments. The picture dates from the late
summer of 1940 - this is indicated by the types of uniforms
and the armbands that were worn for a short period during
those summer months. The Home Guard was stood down at
the end of 1944.
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